Columbia Heights Public Schools

Aug. 12, 2021

Safe Return to School 2021-2022

CHPS is committed to providing excellent educational and enrichment opportunities for our students with health and safety as a priority. CHPS will "Heighten Up!" with:

  • Academic Acceleration
  • Mental Health Supports
  • Family and Communty Engagement
  • Facility Upgrades

On-Site Learning:

Federal and State guidelines are urging schools to prioritze in-person learning .

Continued Requirements include:

  • Federal law requires masks to be worn by everyone on school transportation.
  • Schools are required to report all student and staff positive COVID-19 cases to the MInnesota Department of Health.

In alignment with recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, beginning August 16, CHPS will require universal indoor mask wearing for all people (ages 3 years and older) in school settings including teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. Other COVID-19 protocols include maintaining at least 3 feet of physical distancing whenever possible and sanitizing of surfaces.

Additional information will be coming out mid-August.

Free Summer Meals

CHPS provides meals at various locations around the community through August 24. Summer meal service is available to all children age 18 and younger and persons over age 18 with mental or physical disabilities without charge. Meals are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Community Sites

Pick Up Mondays (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches) and Thursdays (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches)

Summit Square Park, 5221 Capitol St NE, 9-9:10 a.m.

Gauvitte Park, 4333 2nd St. NE & 42nd Ave. NE, 9:15-9:25 a.m.

ChristLife Evangelical Church, 4555 University Ave. NE, 9:30-9:45 a.m.

Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St. NE, 9:50-10 a.m.

Hilltop City Hall, 4555 Jackson St. NE, 10:05-10:20 a.m.

Grand Central Flats, 4729 Grand Ave. NE, Noon-12:10 p.m.

Keyes Park, 1345 45 1/2 Ave. NE, 12:15-12:30 p.m.

Circle Terrace Pavilion, 1311 Circle Terrace Blvd. NE, 12:35-12:45 p.m.

Prestemon Park, 3900 NE McKinley St., 12:50-1:05 p.m.

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 4101 Washington St. NE, 1:10-1:20 p.m.

School Sites

Pick Up Tuesdays (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches) and Fridays (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches)

Valley View Elementary/Columbia Academy Parking Lot, 800 49th Ave. NE, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Hylander Center, 1400 49th Ave. NE, 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Blooming Heights Garden Party

Thursday, Aug. 12th, 4:30-6:30pm

1400 49th Avenue Northeast

Columbia Heights, MN

Join us for a community celebration at Blooming Heights! Meet our CHHS Blooming Heights Summer Assistants, tour the garden, see what’s growing, learn about pollinators, and taste some delicious Blooming Heights fruits and vegetables!

The Blooming Heights Edible Schoolyard & Outdoor Classroom is located behind the District Center.

Listening Session

The Columbia Heights Public Schools Board of Education will host a virtual Community Engagement Session 5:45-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, August 24 via Zoom. A Spanish interpreter will be available.

We invite you to join the meeting, listen, share feedback, ask questions and more!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 880 2834 9222

Find irresistible employment at Columbia Heights Public Schools!

The District is currently seeking applicants for a variety of full- and part-time positions including cooks, teachers, child care workers, education assistants, a communications coordinator and more!

Application for Educational Benefits

Columbia Heights Public Schools offers educational benefits to qualifying families – including free and reduced price meals – which can help both your family and your school!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is allowing schools to provide all meals to all students at no cost to families for the 2021-2022 school year.

Applications are not required to receive this free meal benefit, but families should still complete this application to receive other benefits, including:

  • Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit for families to purchase food.
  • Reduced fees for activities, early childhood programming, college applications and more!
  • Compensatory funds for the District to reduce class sizes, provide counseling and social work services and more.
  • Title 1 funds for academic support.
  • and more!
Fill out the application now!

Call 763-528-4520 to request a paper application!

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Ages 12+ (Sponsored by Anoka County Human Services)

Tuesday, Sep. 7th, 2-5pm

1400 49th Avenue Northeast

Columbia Heights, MN

  • No ID (identification) or insurance is required.
  • The vaccine is free
  • Pfizer vaccine is for ages 12 and over. Two shots are required.
  • You should get your second shot of Pfizer vaccine 3 weeks after your first shot.
  • Your second shot can be given through a different vaccine provider if you prefer.
Walk-ins are welcome! Or make an appointment by scanning the image below on your phone.
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Current Families- New Online Tool to Update Your Information

New this year: online tool replacing paper form!

Use this tool to make sure your information on file is up to date so you receive all school and district communication throughout the year.

Log in to ParentVUE to verify your address, emergency contacts, phone number, email & more.

Click Online Registration in the upper right-hand corner to begin this process.

Don’t have a ParentVUE account yet? Contact your school office for an activation key to get started.

Columbia Heights High School


Columbia Academy


Highland Elementary


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Activities Update

Fall Activities Registration is OPEN!

Sports Physical for Fall Activities
Every athlete participating in school-year sports must have a physical on file with the Activities Office. Sports physicals are valid for three years. Download the form now.

We invite you to register for Fall Activities! We have teams and activities to fit your interest and level of experience. Get involved and stay connected!

August 16th Start:

9-12th grade: Football - Soccer - Girls Volleyball

7-12th grade: Girls Tennis - Girls Swim & Dive

6-8th grade: Football

September Start:

7th-12th grade: Adapted Soccer (9/8/21)

6th-12th grade: Robotics (9/9/21)

6th-8th grade: Girls Volleyball - Soccer (9/13/21)

More information can be found at: or contact the Activities Office at 763-528-4511

North Metro Youth Hockey Association
North Metro Youth Hockey Association (NMYHA) proudly serves the youth hockey communities of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Fridley and Columbia Heights. NMYHA offers summer training, learn-to-play and "try hockey for free" programs. They also have first-year player discounts and equipment programs.

For more information, visit the NMYHA website or email

Summer Resource List

The District's Student Support Team compiled a summer resource list to assist families in finding helpful resources from activities to meals!